Be a Milk Man (or Lady)

Cornerstones Va. and West Briar Elementary School have teamed up to reduce food waste and feed those in need. 

Unopened milk from West Briar will be donated to the Cornerstones food pantry each week. Volunteers are needed for pick-up and delivery, 3:15 on Fridays. 


Please e-mail if interested.

Critical Exposure - Photographer

Help in the classroom. This is the trickiest role to coordinate, because there are limited opportunities for us to bring volunteers into the schools where we work, but we do try to engage skilled photographers in helping lead photo walks, work with students on photography basics, share professional experiences, and more.

Donate your work to our annual photo auction. The auction takes place in October and is our major fundraiser of the year. You can donate a print (framed, if possible) to help us raise money to continue providing photography and leadership training to our students. (Please know that there's a chance that we might not be able to include the image in the auction -- photographers have been so generous that we sometimes have too many!)

Take photos of our events and classes. We regularly have events that we need to document, and we like to give our students and staff a reprieve from shooting in order to talk to people about their work. If you're able to attend events or occasional classes and capture images of our programs in action, that's incredibly helpful. Does this sound like your wheelhouse? Join the "Volunteer: Photographer" group!


DC Diaper Bank- Warehouse Volunteer

Come help us in the warehouse!  Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!).  Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to start talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.  Dates are below — if you’d like to join us for one of these days please let us know that you’re coming, if you’re bringing anyone with you and ages for small ones.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Find out the dates here


Together We Bake - Job Counselor

Are you interested in volunteering as a Job Counselor? Each session we match women from the community with our team members. They work together to assess job skill strengths, develop a resume, prepare for interviews, and begin a job search. It’s a great opportunity to get to know a TWB team member and help her get the second chance she deserves!

Fill out application and send to Stephanie Wright at

Best Kids, Inc. - Mentors

BEST Kids, Inc. seeks mentors


1) Be a positive adult role model and commit to your mentoring relationship for at least one year.

2) See your mentee for ten hours a month, with some form of weekly contact with your mentee. Weekly contact can consist of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, or postcards. However, the majority of those hours must be face-to-face.

3) Attend BEST Kids Peer Groups every 2nd Saturday of the month with your mentee. These are fun, free and organized specifically for the mentors and mentees in our four age appropriate groups. Each group meets together for an educational and enrichment opportunity. It is a great support network for the mentors and the youth are able to build friendships with other youth in similar life situations.

Some of our recent Peer Groups include: Arts/Improv Workshops, Sporting Events, Museum Scavenger Hunts, Career Workshops, Kayaking on the Anacostia, etc. 4) Complete the background check and clearance process within 8 weeks. Please review our website for specifics on the clearance process: 5) Attend a match meeting with your mentee and the closure meeting when your commitment ends. 6) Complete a simple online monthly report about your mentoring relationship.

Volunteers must: Be 21 years old or older; Be living in the DC area long enough to fulfill your 1 year commitment; Have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to Zipcar, etc; Have a clean driving record and clean criminal background record

Contact: Danny Silbert,

Our Daily Bread - Nov. 8

Our Daily Bread provides food, financial assistance and financial education and mentoring to strugging families who live throughout the Fairfax County area. We are seeking community members to bring teams to our Complete the Circle FoodRaiser with Lorton Community Action Center at Fairfax High School to raise awareness about hunger and need in our midst and critical funds and supplies for those who are struggling. Participants will create an inspirational Art for the Sky image, and donations contributed that day will be part of the image. Register your team by Oct. 9 to be listed on our fun event T-shirt. Information and registration at:

Any Special Requirements: Admission is $5 per participant, with a suggested donation of food pantry items or a grocery gift card to help local families in need.

Where: 4080 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
When: Nov. 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Contact: Heather Webb,

Only Make Believe - Insane Inflatable 5K - Oct 31

Only Make Believe seeks volunteers will assist with registration, parking, monitoring the course as well as areas in the Insane Midway and breakdown. The Insane Inflatable 5K will donate $50 per volunteer to Only Make Believe. Your commitment of time equals funds towards an upcoming performance! Register: Email a completed registration form to Lauren at by Oct. 1. Only Make Believe will provide a light breakfast and coffee, as well as, an Only Make Believe water bottle! The Insane Inflatable 5K will provide complimentary lunch, snacks, water and a custom Insane Inflatable 5K volunteer t-shirt to wear at the event and take home as a souvenir.

You must commit to the entire time frame for the event. This is a great opportunity for groups! Volunteers must be 16 yrs and older to volunteer without a parent or guardian. Minimum age for volunteers accompanied by an adult (for the duration of the shift) is 10 yrs old.

Where: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, WDC
When: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: Lauren Bilich,

AHC Inc. - Tutors

AHC is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes for low- and moderate-income families. Created in 1975, AHC has developed 38 properties with more than 4,400 affordable apartments. Our Resident Services department, initiated more than 20 years ago, is helping build stronger futures for more than 2,000 children, youth and adults who live in our affordable housing communities through education programs, community partnerships and local services.

AHCs Teen Tutoring Program offers teens resources for helping them with school work, guidance on how to succeed in high school, and making plans for their future beyond high school. Through participation in our program, teens learn to set high expectations for their academic performance and learn the skills necessary for academic achievement. The staff and volunteer tutors who facilitate our programs provide vital support through one-on-one mentoring and coaching. The first day of programming is September 21st and the last day is June 4th. We follow the Arlington Public School schedule and do not have programming on school off days and vacations. Programming is Monday-Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. and volunteers are needed for one hour once or multiple times a week.

We need assistance at the following community centers:

1. Fort Henry - 2470 S. Lowell Street, Arlington, VA 22204
2. Harvey Hall - 850 S. Greenbrier St., Arlington, VA 22204
3. Virginia Gardens - 1712 S. Taylor St., Arlington, VA 22204
4. Rinker at Gates of Ballston - 4108 4th St. N, Arlington, VA 22203
5. The Berkeley - 2910 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22206
6. Woodbury Park/The Frederick - 2230 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22201

Contact: Cindy Rozon,

Girls Rock! - Programming

Girls Rock! DC Year-Round programming/committee volunteers as well as annual week-long summer day camp (usually at end of July, 2016 camp dates TBD.) Open to musicians and non-musicians for instruction, workshops, food prep, equipment, admin, and support staffing as well as year-round planning committee. All leadership roles are (trans and cis) women-lead, all genders welcome to volunteer for support roles. Roles for all bodies and abilities.

Contact: Jacqueline Keller,

Anacostia Watershed Society - Stormwater Management - 10.10.15

The First United Methodist Church is working with the Anacostia Watershed Society to improve the stormwater management at their site through stormwater retrofits. This large project includes removing impervious surfaces, such as parts of the parking lot, to make room for tree boxes as well as creating/planting several bayscapes. A bayscape is a garden that uses native plants that help prevent erosion and absorb and treat stormwater better than traditional gardens. This event will focus on planting native perennials to improve the function of the bayscapes.

This event will involve repetitive bending, digging, lifting, use of hands tools, and walking. Participants will be expected to wear boots or closed toed shoes for the duration of the event. Long pants are encouraged for protection. AWS will provide water but please bring a re-usable water bottle and a small snack if you think you'll need it. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

When: Oct. 10, 9-11 a.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD
Contact: Joanna Fisher,

Reading Partners - Tutors

Can you share just one hour each week with a student who is struggling to read? By becoming a reading partner and volunteering as little as one hour a week, you can help a child learn to read. We provide an easy to use curriculum and on-site staff support to enable volunteers to be effective tutors. You bring your commitment and we’ll help you with everything else. Eighty-seven percent of fourth graders from low-income families in our nation’s capital do not read proficiently. Devoting just one hour each week to a student can make a tremendous impact. Last year, 95 percent of Reading Partners’ DC students improved their rate of learning in reading, and 86% narrowed their achievement gap.

We work in 18 schools across DC. You can see a map of our school sites here: Volunteer hours are available from around 8:30 to 5:30, depending on the school site. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and pass a background check. Contact: Rachel Woods,

Community Food Rescue - Food Runners

Community Food Rescue, an initiative to alleviate hunger, needs volunteer food runners. You will help feed people facing food insecurity instead of filling the landfill. In Montgomery County, 23 percent of all solid waste is food waste and 79,000-81,000 (8 percent) of residents do not know where their next meal will come from. Your help in transporting food donations will help achieve the County’s recycling goal of 70 percent by 2020. Volunteers will learn about safe food handling and transportation practices in CFR’s Food Safety Guidelines. Volunteer food runners will be given the location of pick up and drop off in each requested food run.For more information, see:  Volunteers must be licensed and insured drivers. 

Contact: Cheryl Kollin, or Kevin Trostle,

Manna Food Center - Harvesting 9.12.15

First Fruits Farm and Manna Food Center volunteers harvest thousands of pounds of first-rate produce each year for Manna's clients. Volunteers will harvest and bag produce and help load the Manna truck. You will receive a confirmation email once we are able to verify volunteer space.Volunteers must be 7+ and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, 21 or over.

When: Sat., Sept. 12, f8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: 2025 Freeland Road, Freeland, MD 21053
Contact: Katie Sayago,